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increase our deficit by a single dime. it is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth. >> the president also appeals to congress to work together on climate change, immigration reform, and particularly on the phony issue of automatic government budget cuts known as sequestration. >> question. when former president clinton took the helm during an economic downturn, he said he had a quote laser-like focus on the economy. how would you describe the focus of president obama's state of the union pat buchanan? >> he did pivot back toward the jobs and the economy but overall this was a very libbal brail speech, something we have all heard before nothing new in it and a dead on aarrival speech. he is not going to get the minimum wage, not going to get the assault weapons ban, not going to get amnesty, not an awful lot of the things he has in there. he is appealing to his base and appealing to what he sees as the majority of the country, which probably does support most of what he said. it was a very political speech but in
address is the programmatic expression of that. there a social ill that he did not have the government answer to? if he did, i did not hear it. >> mark? >> if that is a liberal agenda, we have moved the goal posts in our country. i thought the speech was -- the sum of its parts did not create a greater whole. i thought that parts of it were really good. like the minimum wage, i like the education, i like the training, i particularly like the gun -- at the end. richarde wasn't come in nixon's turn, the lift of a driving dream. >> colby? >> i don't think it was supposed to be that kind of address. i think he laid out an agenda, and agenda he wants to pursue. i think he will achieve some of it. something will happen with immigration reform, i believe. i think he will get something on guns. there is a movement and he hit it just right with the tone. minimum wage will be the traditional fight. he was right to lay out the agenda he wants. he will get very little support from republicans. >> nina, on a scale from a to f, how would you rate the speech? >> b +. although there was a surgeon laun
for a president engaged in hand-to-hand combat congressional republicans over the basic exchanges of government. still, the president said the country could afford all of it. >> nothing i'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. it is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth. john: , so, karen, if bill clinton kind the famous phrase that the era of big government over, did president obama launch the era of smart government? >> that's going to depend on what side of the aisle you were sitting on when you listened to the speech. but one thing about the speech, there was just a lot in it. he touched every single domestic policy initiative he has ever put together before, even the things that sounded sort of new -- minimum wage, raising it to $9 an hour. in his first campaign, he campaigned on raising it to $9.50 an hour by 2011 but what really came through to me in that speech was his declaration that essentially after two years of doing nothing but fighting with republicans over deficit reduction, he
. it is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many and not just the few. that it encourages free enter prize, rewards individual initiative and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation. ( applause ) the american people don't expect government to solve every problem. they don't expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. but they do expect us to put the nation's interests before party. ( applause ) they do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. for they know that america moves forward only when we do so together. and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all. now, our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget, decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery. over the last few years both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion. mostly through spending cuts but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1% of americans. as a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 tr
. if government fails, we all fail. >> we don't trust government. but we need government. and government is us, when you come right down to it. those folks in washington weren't landed there from mars. they were elected by us. >> it's a complex problem. people want quick answersment but the fact is that there aren't quick answers. >> these aren't things that can be fixed in election cycle. and the question is do we have the political leadership that is willing to invest that way. >> rational thinking leads to one thing, conclusions. and conclusions are not going to solve the debt problem. emotions on the other hand leads to another thing, action. okay. and we need to take action about the debt in the u.s. we need to change. >> we're going to pass on to our kids a less prosperous nation where they will have a lower standard of living, a massive debt they can't afford to pay off and therefore less secure nation. >> i'm to the giving up on democracy. i don't know what the alternative is. if you say a democratic government can't solve this problem, then you are saying we need a dictatorship? i don
. we're stuck with this old-fashioned technology because, as susan crawford explains, our government has allowed a few giant conglomerates to rig the rules, raise prices, and stifle competition. just like standard oil in the first gilded age a century ago. in those days, it was muckrakers like ida tarbell and lincoln steffens rattling the cages and calling for fair play. today it's independent thinkers like susan crawford. the big telecom industry wishes she would go away, but she's got a lot of people on her side. in fact, if you go to the white house citizen's petition site, you'll see how fans of "captive audience" are calling on the president to name susan crawford as the next chair of the federal communications commission. "prospect" magazine named her one of the "top ten brains of the digital future," and susan crawford served for a time as a special assistant to president obama for science, technology and innovation. right now she teaches communications law at the benjamin cardozo school of law here in new york city and is a fellow at the roosevelt institute. susan crawford, w
have public governments across europe and the united states sort of pulling out their fiscal supports too soon and that's hurting the middle class. >> reporter: of course conservatives consider bloated public spending a burden that threatens long-run economic growth which would hurt the middle class. and that's part of the problem, there are sharp differences over the best way to generate middle class jobs. and there is also a cultural piece of the puzzle. tucked away in our collective memories is the idea that a middle class job requiring hard work and basic skills can and should support a family for life. >> we came out of world war two with a very, very untouched economy and the rest of the world was in ruins literally. and we benefited enormously from that and people think back to that era and think, gee, we should be able to do that again. >> reporter: but that is less and less likely in a world where global competition and rapidly changing technology are washing away and replacing middle class work. faced with these challenges, the president offers two solutions: more training a
of sight is the reality of how we are governed. the house of representatives, where congress gathers to hear the president, used to be known as "the people's house." but money power owns the lease now and runs the joint from hidden back rooms. you're looking at the most expensive congress money can buy. the house races last fall cost over $1 billion. it took more than $700 million to elect just a third of the senate. the two presidential candidates raised more than a billion a piece. the website politico added it all up to find that the total number of dollars spent on the 2012 election exceeded the number of people on this planet -- some seven billion. most of it didn't come from the average joe and jane. 60% of all super pac donations came from just 159 people. and the top 32 super pac donors gave an average of $9.9 million dollars. think how many teachers that much money could hire. we'll never actually know where all of the money comes from. one-third of the billion dollars from outside groups was "dark money," secret funds anonymously funneled through fictional "social welfare"
-led government and minority sunnis. u.n. investigators said today the time has come for suspected war criminals in syria to face the international criminal court. carla del ponte, a member of a u.n. commission of inquiry, said even if there is ultimately a peace settlement, it must not give a free pass to those accused of atrocities. >> i'm concerned about what he's done in the political side to achieve peace and to negotiate peace. what i'm sure that once international justice is dealing with this case, it is no amnesty at all. >> sreenivasan: the commission found the civil war is increasingly sectarian and radicalized on both sides. it also cited the spread of weapons as a growing concern, and urged the international community to curb the flow of arms into syria. another member of the u.s. senate has decided to step aside. republican mike johanns of nebraska announced today he will not seek a second term next year. in a statement, he said he wants to spend more time with his family, after spending 32 of his 62 years in various offices. johanns is the fifth senator to announce plans to retire
and don't expect governments to be forth coming about that. >> let me ask you briefly as the u.n. goes back into session to look at sanctions, what more can be done at this point? >> very little on an international scale. in 2009 they came out with some very good sanctions, but it didn't really influence the north koreans' actions. i don't think there's any marginal addition to the sanctions that are in place. they're going to call on the north koreans to blink, if you will. very little from an international point of view. necessary but won't produce an outcome. >> brown: ambassador jack pritchard and james acton, thank you both very much. >> thank you. >> woodruff: we have more about today's nuclear test on our web site, including a dispatch on reaction in seoul, south korea, from our partner global post, plus links to previous newshour stories on north korea. and still to come on the newshour, white house spokesman jay carney; palm oil production in malaysia; osama bin laden's killer; plus, shields and brooks. but first, the other news of the day. here's hari sreenivasan. >> sreeniva
's government open and pay our bills on time and always uphold the full faith and credit of the united states of america. our economy is stronger. when we honor else the talents and ingenuity of striving hopeful immigrants. and right now, leaders from the business labor law enforcement faith communities, they all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform. now is the time to do it. know is the time to get it done. if you want to vote no, that's your choice. but these proposals deserve a vote. graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun. our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. in fact no laws, no initiatives, no administrative argues will perfectly solve all the challenges i've outlined tonight. but we were never sent here to be perfect. we were sent here to make what difference we can. to secure this nation, expand opportunities, uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self government. >> rose: joining me from washington mark halperin from "tim
that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. >> we can't tell our people we can vote yes in abolishing slavery if at the same time we can tell them we are negotiating a peace. >> you cannot have both. >> how many hundreds of thousands have died during your administration. >> hundreds must never declare equal, those who god created unequal. >> leave the constitution alone. >> stepped out on the world stage now. the fate human dignity in our hands. >> now, now, now. >> abraham lincoln has asked us to work with him to accomplish the death of slavery. >> no one's ever been loved is so much by the people. don't waste that power. >> this fight is for the united states of america. >> de choose to be born or are we fitted to the times we're born into. >> well, i done know about myself, you, maybe. >> this set els the fate for all coming times. not only the millions now in bondage, but of unborn millions to come. shall we stop this bleeding? >> i am pleased to have tony kushner back at this table. what does adapted screenplay mean. because there's a lot more
refrain-- reframe the republican philosophy it was very much small government versus big government. that's what we heard for a long time. i think republicans are going to have to have more than boot staps message. they're going to have to define a limited but active role as government to help people gain the skills they need to compete in the modern economy. he needs to, in order to reformat the republican message, have that 250i7 of message but he's got time. you for example the good thing is he has time. >> what do we read from the fact, michael and mark, as we said not one but two republican responses. the over one was rand paul, tea party. obviously this is just the tip of the iceberg but what does it is a about the republican matter right now. >> i think the republican party going through a very difficult period. just to give you sort of a quick history lesson, joe leiberman was democratic senator, nominee for vice president in 2000. in 2007 he created a great-- committed a grea great-- oppose tate act. he endorsed john mccain as president. he went to the republican convention we ar
. the government has not explained why it hugo chavez has returns now. ministers admit that he is in a continued battle with cancer. >> for more on the return of hugo chavez to venezuela and what the future of the country holds, i spoke with the president of the inter-american dialogue. hugo chavez is back in venezuela. part of venezuelans any wiser about their president's conditioned? >> there is a lot of speculation and rumors. he has not said anything for a couple of months now. one assumes that he assumes thatill. you do not know what kind of cancer that he has. >> who is running the country? >> the vice-president seems to be in charge. there are other leaders of chavez's party that are being consulted. chavez is still alive. he may not be able to talk, but he is still communicating in some way. >> he has not been sworn in as president for his next term in office. do you expect that he will be sworn in? >> he could be sworn in on january 10. he could be sworn in now by the supreme court. he could possibly resigned and the vice-president will take over and there would be elections. that is a
? doesn't make a difference to the president's ability to govern the country/ >> i think it adds to a picture. the white house believes that having this big audience of people watching on television, i'm not sure how many people actually do sit down. they seem to think there is a huge audience and he can set out his agenda i was just saying to a colleague how many people remember what was said in last year's state of the union. they do tell you what the intentions are. they are often faced with hostility from the house. it is his chance to stress a message. the message we will be hearing is about the economy that he does not believe that trickled down economics works. a country has to grow from the middle classes out. that is what he will be stressing. he will also be saying the fiscal cliff may be back on march the first. you cannot take the country over that and threaten the recovery. >> this is going to be a heavily domestic state of the union. we do not expect more in policy. >> thank you for coming in. >> president obama will talk about drawing down american troops in afghan
the cost of wars and occupation, but the complete disregard of cost of government as an issue. >> no person shall be elected to the office... >> the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. we came not to do the same they over and over, to change washington, to change that conversation. >> in the year of our lord, 1787... >> narrator: but to change washington, the freshmen would first have to deal with their own leader, the consummate political insider: the new speaker of the house, john boehner. >> i now pass this gavel and the sacred trust that goes with it to the new speaker. god bless you, speaker boehner. >> he is a career politician, ohioan, hard scrabble upbringing. arrived in 1990, was part of the gang that went after the democrats over the bank scandals. rose to power, became a dealmaker. >> narrator: boehner had served ten terms in the congress, carefully working his way up the leadership ladder. >> john boehner regards himself as an institutionalist, a guy who really loves, reveres even, the house of representatives. >> narrato
, are vulnerable to attacks. so he's calling on congress to pass legislation to give the u.s. government the capacity it needs to secure our networks. the president also issued an executive order, to create cyber security standards for u.s. businesses, and for the government to share more information about threats. but cyber security experts, say while that sounds easy, it's hard to do. >> you can't just inform one party necessarily, you might really have an obligation as a government to inform every player in a sector, and then of course that's a high bar, because you're sharing the information with a lot of people which increases the likelihood that it might get out back into the wrong hands. >> susie: beckstrom says the threat of cyber attack or manipulation to critical infrastructure like the power grid and transportation systems is much worse than most people expect. from the "ramones" to the "clash," still ahead, investing in punk rock history, and the prices might surprise you. after the closing bell on wall street today, record revenues for cisco systems: $12.1 billion. that gave
for the government. as a detainee he shed lights on al qaeda's strategic doctrine, on their plots, probable targets key operatives, likely methods of attack on the u.s. homeland. huge body of intelligence we got by capturing khalid sheikh mohammed and putting him through enhanced interrogation. >> rose: as you know, there's been some f.b.i. officials that said we have this information, some of the information that he divulged we had from other sources. >> well, he was telling us the truth. >> rose: but if you had the information beforehand, was it necessary? >> so we should have killed khalid sheikh mohammed? >> rose: i'm asking. >> i'm a big believer in the interrogation program. the point is -- >> rose: but i mean -- go ahead. >> k.s.m. was more than anybody else objected to enhanced interrogation techniques and more than anybody else provided us with key pieces of intelligence that we needed in order to defend the nation against al qaeda. >> rose: define "enhanced interrogation." >> it was a specific set of techniques that were used, applied to detainees. every one of those techniques were used
of the earth. they are bought purely on economics. >> the french government summoned the industry to a crisis meeting of fraud investigators descended on the two french companies involved. somebody in the convoluted chain of supply has made a huge profits. how long has this been going on? >> that piece makes me queasy everytime i see it. but at a look at other news. malian troops have taken control of the northern city and they are doing house-to-house searches for islamist militants. there are fears that some of the fighters could be hiding among the population. but tens were originally driven out two weeks ago in the offensive by french andmalian troops. do stay with us. last night, the world's biggest music stars were out in force for the grammy awards. mumford and sons walked away with a problem of the year. there were a lot of memorable performances. >> it is the record industry's biggest night of the year. >> taking away all six of the grammys she was nominated for. this was a much more open thing. the new, young, hipsters dominating. the word was authenticity rather than finely polishe
in order to keep government debt in check. >> susie: the group of seven industrialized nations issued a statement today saying that any stimulus programs they undertake are aimed solely at spurring domestic demand and are not an effort to weaken their currencies, but this aggressive monetary policy, and what some call "turning on the printing presses," means currencies get weaker. and while that makes exports cheaper for overseas buyers, not everyone benefits. ruben ramirez reports. >> reporter: if there was any doubt how interconnected economies around the globe are, you need look no further than what's happening in the currency markets as governments try to spur growth. >> the difficulty of achieving that i think is why you are seeing the issue of currency wars coming up more and more. >> reporter: the g-7, which includes countries like the united states, the united kingdom and germany, issued a statement saying that it wants to jumpstart domestic growth without explicitly targeting a currency exchange rate. currency watchers interpret it a different way. >> a lot of it is just post
around damascus as government forces tried to retake control of areas but had fallen to rebel fighters. they are the latest battles in the civil war that has already taken 60,000 lives. one of the most pivotal moment came when the district fell to opponents of president assad. our president was there during the shelling, and tonight he has this report. >> deserted and destroyed. it is hard to a mansion this once symbolized the hopes of cirio's revolution. -- to imagine this once symbolized the hopes of syria across revolution. >> it was changing. on the revolution. it makes people think more. >> he was an activist. >> people understand this regime will never go on in a peaceful way. >> it was a one-sided battle. we watch the bombardment the rebels were powerless to stop, and most of the victims were civilians. the defense was led by the captain. they are killing civilians because they cannot get to us, he told me. later, he, too was killed by a shell. his parents are refugees. they spoke to me about the day their son decided to join the rebels. we tried to delay it, hoping things might
in so many words. doesn't say checks and balances, limited government, federal im, separation of powers. doesn't say separate and inherently unequal. doesn't say one person, one vote. doesn't say that a criminal defendant has the right to take the stand in his own defense. and yet all of those things, did i mention one person, one vote. doesn't say the bill of rights even though there are amendments that we call bill of rights. when you look at the thing, the bill of rights, it says congress shall make no law a bridging free speech but what if the president tries to censor speech or federal courts or states, did we not have free speech before the first amendment was adopted? the first year and a half or so of the constitution? so my claim is that we have to honor this written text but much of our actual constitutional experience requires us to go beneath and behind the words, while staying fateth-- faithful to the words, that is the trick, going beneath and behind yet staying faithful. >> will you recognize this idea and this person, roll tape. >> the only way you can have democracy in
and chuck may think that money should be used for dredging. >> the federal government actually owns these harbors, these handles. and they actually have a tax called the harbor maintenance tax that they put in place beginning in 1985 to take care of these harbors. so far in the past 15 years, they have collected $8 billion that they have not spent on harbors. >> reporter: legislation introduced to force all the tax money to be spent on maintaining the harbors has not gained traction in congress. leyland harbor master zuba, frustrated at seeing on theres play on a beach that shouldn't exist, has looked elsewhere for money. >> in '07 the appropriations stopped so we started fund raising at a local level. that's where we are today. >> reporter: he raised $120,000 last year to pay for dredging to keep the harbor open. but he says he doesn't know how long the community can support those costs. and scientists predict that lake levels will drop further this winter with ever greater consequences for the 30 million people who live in the great lakes basin. >> suarez: next, another of our con
as a government. but to try to say that we're going to require employers to give them more money it's not going to work because it's basic economics. >> i think there are a whole wealth of things we could be doing, including the earned income tax credit. but we need to step back for a moment. we were witnessing the greatest concentration of wealth in this country that we've seen in a century, the redistribution of wealth upwards is making this a country where upward mobility is no longer in our sights. where the investment in our future is being diminished. i think last night the president spoke to a future that millions of americans want to see. there is broad support by the way for minimum wage increases and we are seeing a working class a middle-class, viewed di, which over the last three decades has seen their wages and income stagnate while the very rich have seen their tax burden lighten in ways not seen in three or four decades. it's a face of a country that we need to look at and understand that inequality is perhaps the greatest threat to our economic recovery and democracy and in that
thinking about educating myself in public speaking, in debate, in student government. all of those activities reinforced for me that i might make a good lawyer. but i think in the end what convinced me to be a lawyer the most was understanding that it was -- law was a way to help people structure their relationships. >> rose: which is why we need rules and regulations and law. >> i talk about the importance of "lord of the flies" in my life. >> rose: tell us, what was the important of "lord of the flies." >> showing me what society could break down into without the rules and regulations. >> rose: exactly. >> but something else. which is without an influence in this society that accepted the importance of those values, most of us get it through our families. they teach us how important order is to each us and decency is to us. that's partly for from morals, partly from religion, it's also from the law. and these young ones, these kids didn't have their that influence last long enough to draw them into an ordered society. >> rose: so what was the primary influence of the private cath
government of knowingly selling horse meat as beef. our european correspondent christian frazier reports. >> tonight, it was the french company spanghero in the dock, and the minister of consumer affairs said they sent out horsemeat as beef. >> spanghero was the first actor in the food chain to import horsemeat as beef. >> in a french newspaper, an invoice for one of the three ships that spanghero was said to have ordered in january. the total volume, and 42 tons. the ceo still insists that its company received a beep and sold but what it thought was beef. the ships travel by this facility in the netherlands. french authorities believe that spanghero ordered the course made -- horsemeat and sold it as beef. the could contain up to 100% horse. and other person in that food chain, this man, a dutch meat trader. he was here at this courthouse. to court records says he relabeled imported mexican and brazilian horse meat as halal beef. an appeal is pending. he did not return our calls, but his lawyers say he denies wrongdoing and is not a suspect. in cold storage, 200 tons of romanian horse m
. the charge was slapped on me during the last government. this is why i won the election by 30,000 votes. >> a lot of people find it hard to understand how ministers such as yourself up whole lot if they are facing serious charges themselves. >> just charging someone is not enough. >> but in many other countrywide, in many other democracies began many other countries -- in many other countries, many of the democracies -- >> this is an attempt to murder. attempt to murder. >> trying to change things can be dangerous, this man claims. when he tried to run against him, he tried to kill him, he claims. but nothing has happened. visiting him at his home, there were celebrations at his home. he was just promoted to transportation minister. denying he was even charged with attempted murder. >> in my political career, won a hundred 50 people have run against me, and there are -- 150 people have run against me, and not a single one of them can say that i have done them harm. >> it has to go to court. should you not stand down until you can clear your name? it is a new session of the state assembl
governments have in banning pot dispensaries even though voters said medical marijuana is legal. peter, what's at the heart of that argument? >> there's two narratives to follow. one is a specific narrative. this narrative, the supreme court seems predisposed to uphold the right of local cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. the larger narrative is the vagueness of california's medical marijuana laws. even though we were the pioneering state for legalizing medical marijuana. and basically we were at the point now where we have a $1 billion industry that hangs on the thread of language, which essentially says that qualified marijuana patients can collectively or cooperatively cultivate marijuana for medical purposes. that's it. it doesn't say anything about distribution. it doesn't say anything about transactions of money. it doesn't say anything about stores or storefronts. so california just has not put rules in place. another state like colorado has. it's getting less federal intervention that we're facing right now. there's a lot of issues being raised that come out o
, so high prices, good times, you still get a government payment didn't make any sense. >> one of the things some farm groups are saying right now times are good for farmers but they won't always be good. so what happens when prices go down? >> well, we absolutely as-- as a nation need to be there for our farmers and ranchers during hard times because we have a stake in having the most stable, affordable food supply in the world. that's why in our farm bill we expand on what's called crop insurance. you have a bad year, you're going to get some help. we also do other things to sport farmers with conservation practices and other things that make sense. research, so critical, giving farmers a tool. so this isn't about walking away from agriculture, it's far from it. >> so with these direct payment cuts it to farmers are accepted and used to avoid the sequester, does that mean that farmers have given at the office and they're to the going to have further budget cuts in other budget deals? >> yes, yeah, one of the things that i have insisted on is that this counts as the full cut f
statements. so far chuck hagel saying less than nice things about the government or israel or the influence of israel on our diplomats. those are things that people in washington do not like to hear but they are not new. as lindsey graham said a couple times today, unless there's a bombshell over the next ten days i'll vote to go ahead with this nomination and hagel will get through. so then the question is who's going to look for the bombshell. >> warner: these people are professionals but the pentagon is facing huge budget cuts already. they're facing the potential of the sequestration and another $40 billion in cuts h. what to do about the iranian nuclear program. does this -- this uncertainty at all affect the buildings ability not just make plans but weigh in on the policy choices? >> sure it does. you want a secretary of defense when you're at war and have other issues hanging over your head. no good can come from this ambiguity. >> warner: mark thompson, todd swill lick, thank you. >> woodruff: immigration. climate change. gun control. the budget. these are just a few of the issues p
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